KristenMaraJewelry

Handcrafted Eco-friendly Silver and Bronze Jewelry

Lebanon, Connecticut · 719 Sales

KristenMaraJewelry

Handcrafted Eco-friendly Silver and Bronze Jewelry

Lebanon, Connecticut 719 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(259)

Announcement   Welcome to Kristen Mara, home of my silver handmade jewelry. My handcrafted artisan jewellery features soft lines and timeless appeal. Each design celebrates the beauty of the simple moments of life. When we take the time to note even the smallest of joys, our lives are transformed. Day to day moments form the fabric of our lives, and give them beauty and meaning. Wear your Silver Ranch designs to celebrate your life and your unique individuality.

KRISTEN MARA ~ WHAT WE STAND FOR:
I believe it is my responsibility as an artist and business owner to work with an eye always on 'green' and socially conscious production. Each heirloom-quality piece is designed in my Connecticut studio, hand cast with recycled silver and bronze, and 100% handcrafted in the USA. I source both USA made and fairly traded artisan materials that support local economies. I proceed in my business as I do my personal life: committed to using earth-friendly materials and processes as often as possible.

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GIFT READY: All orders come packaged in a branded jewelry box. I will add a ribbon to make it gift-ready ~ just send a 'message to Kristen Mara' at checkout. Thank you!
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SHIPPING: Orders will be dispatched in 4 - 6 business days from your time of order, unless otherwise noted in the listing.
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Please be certain to read our STORE POLICIES before making your purchase.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/silverranch/policy
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♥ FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/KristenMaraDesigns
♥ PINTEREST - http://www.pinterest.com/kristenmara/
♥ TWITTER - http://Twitter.com/kristenmara_usa
♥ INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/kristen.mara
♥ WEBSITE - http://www.ykristenmara.com


Thank You!
~ Kristen
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All designs & images © Kristen Mara 2018
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Announcement

Last updated on Feb 20, 2018

Welcome to Kristen Mara, home of my silver handmade jewelry. My handcrafted artisan jewellery features soft lines and timeless appeal. Each design celebrates the beauty of the simple moments of life. When we take the time to note even the smallest of joys, our lives are transformed. Day to day moments form the fabric of our lives, and give them beauty and meaning. Wear your Silver Ranch designs to celebrate your life and your unique individuality.

KRISTEN MARA ~ WHAT WE STAND FOR:
I believe it is my responsibility as an artist and business owner to work with an eye always on 'green' and socially conscious production. Each heirloom-quality piece is designed in my Connecticut studio, hand cast with recycled silver and bronze, and 100% handcrafted in the USA. I source both USA made and fairly traded artisan materials that support local economies. I proceed in my business as I do my personal life: committed to using earth-friendly materials and processes as often as possible.

*************************************************
GIFT READY: All orders come packaged in a branded jewelry box. I will add a ribbon to make it gift-ready ~ just send a 'message to Kristen Mara' at checkout. Thank you!
****************************************************
SHIPPING: Orders will be dispatched in 4 - 6 business days from your time of order, unless otherwise noted in the listing.
*****************************************************
Please be certain to read our STORE POLICIES before making your purchase.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/silverranch/policy
******************************************************
♥ FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/KristenMaraDesigns
♥ PINTEREST - http://www.pinterest.com/kristenmara/
♥ TWITTER - http://Twitter.com/kristenmara_usa
♥ INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/kristen.mara
♥ WEBSITE - http://www.ykristenmara.com


Thank You!
~ Kristen
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All designs & images © Kristen Mara 2018
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Kristen Romans

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Kristen Romans

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(259)
Jon Kusche

Jon Kusche on Aug 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this bangle as an anniversary gift for my wife. Though she loved it, the size was incorrect. I contacted Kristen about making an exchange. She was very helpful and willing to work with me to find the correct size. Lovely jewelry and fantastic customer service!

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About

The Story of Silver Ranch

JEWELRY TO LIVE IN
Kristen Mara jewelry is created to feel like a long-loved treasure, newly found: jewelry to live, love and breathe in. It is my intention to create beloved treasures that soothe your spirit and delight your senses.

JEWELRY AS A TALISMAN
As a child I lived in North Africa, and traveled with my family into the Sahara and to ancient Roman cities.

The raw beauty and simplicity of the desert landscape, the ruins and ancient artifacts we found, worn by the passage of time, shaped my love of simple lines and form that I now translate into my designs. Like the softened remnant pieces of ancient civilizations, I believe that it is the simple things of life that are the most enduring.

THINGS OF BEAUTY ARE BORN WITH GREAT CARE
I use modern and ancient metalworking techniques to create my jewelry, and each design may go through many iterations before it has the right balance, feel and expression.

Each piece of Kristen Mara jewelry is created by hand, with integrity.
My background as an environmental marine biologist informs my commitment to doing my part to preserve and protect our environment. I am dedicated to maintaining a socially and ecologically sound business and cast my designs in the most sustainable metals possible, and only source materials from socially responsible partners.

Explore my collection and discover the jewelry that is designed to become your beloved treasure!


HOW SILVER RANCH GOT IT'S NAME

My memories of Bedouin and Arab women with stacks of silver bracelets and blue tattoos sparked my fascination with personal adornment, and I still can hear the jingling sounds of silver and see their hoop earrings swaying and glinting in the sun.
While my nuclear family was globe trotting, my extended family lived in the American west. Visiting my grandparents’ small ranch meant Grandpa’s scuffed brown cowboy boots and Grandma’s high heeled red ones. It also meant real sage brush, high blue skies, western saddles and best of all, horses. A horse-lover's (ehem: me) dream!

When I fell in love with jewelry making as an art form, it was really with the metal itself, silver. I chose 'Silver’ to honor both the material that inspired this creative life adventure, and my formative years as an artist: my tangible and vivid memories of the bejeweled desert women. I roped in ‘Ranch’ as a tribute to the frontier, cowboy lifestyle part of my heritage and my own still horse-crazy dreams of owning my own little herd someday.

Kristen Mara truly is a blending of the richly diverse foundation upon which my life as an artist began. The name itself reminds me to keep listening to my inspirations from within and to follow the ever-unfolding frontiers of a creative life. My wish is that it does the same for you : )

Shop members

  • Kristen Romans

    Owner, Designer

Production partners

  • RaceCar Jewelry - casting studio

    Pawtucket, RI

    RaceCar Jewelry is a ‘green’ metals casting company that makes molds from my models and casts my designs in sterling silver and bronze. I am proud to partner with RaceCar and to support the rich history of jewelry manufacturing in Rhode Island.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 2, 2017
I earned my Master of Fine Arts in sculpture & each of my designs is presented as a miniature "wearable sculpture." My collection includes all original designs conceived and created here in my Connecticut studio.

I support fair-trade & other artists by incorporating their silver & lampwork glass into some of my pieces. Vintage beads & semiprecious or natural stone also complement my silver work in many designs. Thank You for supporting artists, recycling & fair trade!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Return Policy Details: Prior authorization is needed before returning an item. Please contact Silver Ranch within 7 days of receiving the item and return item insured (at buyer's expense). Item must be shipped within 14 days of receipt in it's original container (box), or one similar to avoid damage. Only the purchase price, less shipping, is refunded as money back, and only if item is in it's original condition. Insurance is strongly encouraged for returned/exchanged items; loss or damage is at buyers expense. Thank you!
Payment
PAYMENT -
I accept PayPal and credit card payments through Etsy. Payment for all items is required before an order is processed. Orders begin processing once all payment has cleared.
Shipping
ALL ITEMS are shipped domestically via USPS FIRST CLASS MAIL. SHIPPING INSURANCE is included on all items.

Your order will be shipped in 3 - 5 business days from date of purchase.

All items are packaged in our branded jewelry gift box.

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SHIPPING UPGRADES - PRIORITY & PRIORITY EXPRESS USPS MAIL: Priority and Priority Express shipping upgrades are available. After adding your item to your Shopping Cart, click the Cart link at the top right of any page to see the dropdown menu.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Shipping to all other destinations is $8.00 for the first item and $4.00 for each additional item.

INSURANCE for INTERNATIONAL ORDERS:
Purchasing insurance for international shipping is strongly encouraged to protect your purchase. In the very unlikely event of damage or loss of an uninsured package, replacement is at buyers expense.

Additional fees for insurance are added to the shipping charges. For International Insurance please send a message to me with your inquiry.

CUSTOMS/TAXES/DUTIES
For deliveries outside of the United States, any customs and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS:
I am happy to work with you on a custom order! All sales on custom orders are final and may not be returned for exchange or refund.

MATERIALS:
All Kristen Mara designs are made with recycled sterling silver, bronze or copper unless otherwise specified. Gemstones and semi precious gemstones are included in some designs and sourced from USA suppliers.

I always welcome any questions you may have. Thank you for choosing Kristen Mara!

More information

Last updated on Jul 9, 2016
Frequently asked questions

DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM DESIGNS?

We would love to work with you on a special design in silver, gold, bronze or copper. Please contact us for details.

DO YOU OFFER GIFT PACKAGING?

Every piece is shipped in its own Silver Ranch branded & sustainable jewelry box. If you would like a gift ribbon and custom note added, please make a note in the comment section of check-out, or contact us.

WHAT DOES RECYCLED SILVER AND BRONZE MEAN ANYWAY?

Our jewelry uses 100% recycled sterling silver and 75% recycled bronze. Metals are reclaimed from industry and manufacturing processes and reduce environmental impact.

I LOST AN EARRING, CAN YOU REPLACE IT?

Yes, we can help! Since our pieces are hand made, we will do our best to make another match for your remaining earring. To have a replacement earring made, please contact us.

I LOVE THE SECURITY OF LEVER BACK EAR WIRES - CAN I ORDER MY DESIGN ON A LEVER BACK?

Usually, yes! Most of our designs can be created with lever back earwires and we will let you know right away if this is possible with your chosen design. If you want lever backs on your design, please contact us or e-mail us directly at info@silverranchjewelry.com.

DO YOU WORK IN GOLD?

Yes! We can make most of our designs in white or yellow gold. Please please contact us or e-mail us directly at info@silverranchjewelry.com for details.

DO YOU YOU OFFER WHOLESALE?

Yes, we offer wholesale. If you are interested in setting up a wholesale account, please contact us.

HOW IS YOUR JEWELRY PRODUCED?

All of our products are hand-fabricated by our team of skilled metal smiths in our studio and our artisan partners right here in New England, all earning a living, working wage. We are committed to doing our part to preserve and protect our environment and for fostering a system of social sustainability. Our designs are cast in the most sustainable metals possible, and we only source materials from socially responsible partners.

I CAN ONLY WEAR GOLD EARRINGS, CAN I WEAR YOUR DESIGNS?

A conditional YES. I am able to put most of our earring designs on a gold ear wire - the part that goes through your ear. If you are able to wear silver or bronze drops which do not touch your skin except perhaps occasionally as your earrings wiggle (while you're doing the tango or kayaking) then you may be able to wear our designs! If you love a design and want a quote for substituting our usual sterling silver or bronze ear wire with a white or yellow gold one, please contact me.